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In the same issue of The Christian Intelligencer in which the letter from "W" [or Rev. Charles Scott] appeared, the editor offered Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte an opportunity to respond to some of the points made by "W." Van Raalte's response is entitled "Dr. Van Raalte Card." V.R. seems to indicate that Rev. John Van Vleck had provided some of the information for the "opinions" of "W." V.R. said, "Common-sense and justice teach it to be right and praiseworthy that the lovers of that institution [namely, the Holland Academy] do their utmost to pay to Rev. Mr. Van Vleck his claim on the building, of between six and seven hundred dollars; and that they try to guard the building against the damage of grading the street." Van Raalte is in the East at this time raising money for the academy.




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Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Response to a Letter Sent Into The Christian Intelligencer from Van Raalte